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The Raven Boys

Stiefvater, Maggie (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Raven Boys


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Though she is from a family of clairvoyants, Blue Sargent's only gift seems to be that she makes other people's talents stronger, and when she meets Gansey, one of the Raven Boys from the expensive Aglionby Academy, she discovers that he has talents of his own--and that together their talents are a dangerous mix.
Authors: Stiefvater, Maggie, 1981-
Title: The Raven Boys
Publisher: New York :, Scholastic Press,, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 409 p. ;,22 cm.
Summary: Though she is from a family of clairvoyants, Blue Sargent's only gift seems to be that she makes other people's talents stronger, and when she meets Gansey, one of the Raven Boys from the expensive Aglionby Academy, she discovers that he has talents of his own--and that together their talents are a dangerous mix.
ISBN: 0545424925
9780545424929
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Comment by: BookFairy119 Report This Dec 29, 2012

I started reading this at my desk last week (perk of being a librarian!) and fell so in love that I ended up giving both library copies away, and put a copy on hold at the public library. It was worth the delay. Strong characters, couple of twists and turns, a growing love triangle, fantasy elements. Love it. Steifvater's writing is beautiful. She has a way with words that has made her one of my favorite authors. My only quibble-and you know there is always a quibble: For most of the book, any cursing is only mentioned -"he let out a string of compound curse words..." making me think I could take this to a middle school crowd. By the end, we're seeing F-bombs and other cursing. Personally, I have no issue, but as a librarian, I would hesitate to offer this up to anyone younger than high school. So, for the 14+ crowd, it's a win, and one of the best books I've read in 2012.


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Report This Apr 11, 2014
  • rachelengel rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I have been known to yell about how much I love this book to anyone even remotely interested. I was sucked in from the first sentence and went back to it every spare moment I had. All the characters are wonderfully drawn and you can't help but love all of them, even when they're at odds with each other. The mystery is intriguing. Absolutely one of my favorite books I've read all year. Just be aware that it's supposed to be a 4 book series and only 2 are out.

You know a book is good when you think about the characters while you are supposed to be doing something else. First Stiefvater I've read and cannot wait to get the next installment from my hold shelf. Sometimes YA fiction can be formulaic but this was fresh and kept my interest. I think it could translate well into a movie providing they didn't overdo the fear factor.

Report This Mar 09, 2014
  • LT rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The book is well-written and very witty at times. I would have given it more stars, but I was rather disappointed by all the red herrings and the lack of resolution....Now that I've read the whole thing, it seems clear that a series is intended. In addition, perhaps to heighten the mystery. the author explains certain aspects of the plot incompletely. I found myself having to go back into the book and reread on several occasions.

Report This Feb 06, 2014
  • cilee rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I really like the books Maggie Stiefvater writes. but i have to say this is my favorite one!!!

Report This Jan 04, 2014
  • bwortman rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I have to admit that at first this novel had me wondering what all the fuss was about. I've read other novels by Stiefvater and enjoyed them but this was the first book where I felt lukewarm about it at the beginning. For me the characterization was a bit rough with too many hints at dark pasts and complicated backstories for too many characters for me to get really attached. But as the plot began to ramp up and the mysteries that are at the core of this series began to unfold, I lost my concerns. The magic in this series is dark and unsettling. The raven boys and Blue are an intriguing bunch who are made more compelling by the challenges facing them, magical and non-magical alike. Plus, several mysteries such as Blue's true love, the power of ley lines, and what finding Glendower will mean are all set up in such a way that you can't help but be interested in how they turn out. Definitely for fans of YA fantasy who may or may not have enjoyed a Stiefvater novel in the past.

Report This Dec 13, 2013
  • dprodrig rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

What would you do if you were the family power booster and asked to sit on a church wall while your relatives recorded the names of the dead as they passed by? What if one of them was a kid from the private school in your neighbourhood, and it's the first time you got to speak to one of these spirits? Loved this book.

Report This Dec 08, 2013
  • Debvdwerf rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really like this book. The story is very engaging and well put together. I will definitely be reading this again.

I loved this book, I was skeptical at first but it was actually really good.

The second book, The Dream Thieves, just came out on September 17.

Report This Sep 07, 2013
  • meanjulio rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Yes, it moves super slow at the beginning, to the point where some of the main characters still haven't met by page 100, and you're screaming, "come on, already!" But give Stiefvater a chance, she's just setting up the background for some incredibly compelling characters and plot twists. Once you're in, you're in, and I'm so glad there will be three more books, because I'm now in deep with Blue and the Raven Boys. I read and loved The Scorpio Races, and then put everything by Maggie Stiefvater on hold, only to find... that I didn't quite like faeries or werewolves as much as I liked murderous horses from the sea. Then one of my friends suggested Raven Boys, I browsed through it, started it half-heartedly, and then cancelled all my plans for the next two days and nights to stay up late reading it. Oh, the incredible twist in the middle! The way everything starts circling around in ways that explain all and yet ask more questions! I wanted to speed through it and read it very carefully all at the same time.

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Report This Jan 11, 2013
  • JewelMcLatchy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Despite his interest in Latin, Ronan had declared their Latin teacher a socially awkward shitbird earlier in the year and further clarified that he didn't like him.

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